Tips To Keep Your Basement Protected With Good Waterproofing Management

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Water is present in the soil around your home foundation, and as a natural element in nature, it will always try to follow a downward path with the least resistance. Water building up around the outside of your home can build great pressure around the foundation and seep in, which makes it a damaging situation, with a potential for mold and moisture damage. But, when you understand the principles of water and its relationship with your home and landscaping, you can make helpful adjustments to protect your property. Here are some recommendations to understand basement and foundation moisture problems and how you can repair them.

Check Landscape Slope

One of the first ways to protect your home interior against moisture problems is to make sure your landscaping is installed in the right manner and with the right slope. The soil needs to slope away from your home foundation so it does not collect against the outside foundation wall. Build up the soil around the outside of your foundation so any water that drains from your roof will flow away from the home, instead of toward your basement walls. 

Inspection Roof Drainage

The roof drainage of your home is also essential to your basement waterproofing maintenance. Keep an eye on your roof gutters so they are always working as they need to. The gutters should be attached to your roof without any sagging or pulling away from the roof's edge. They also need to be slightly sloped toward the downspouts so water doesn't pool in the bottoms. Your gutters need to drain via the downspout and then away from your home, with an extension that deposits the drainage water onto a paved area or vegetation where it can saturate away from your home.

Protect Against Exterior Hydrostatic Pressure

The outside of your home is going to be exposed to water from sources, such as high water tables, excessive precipitation, and improper water runoff from nearby structures and fixtures. So, as a given, you should always take proactive measures against any water intrusion to your basement so you keep it out of the space. 

Watch for signs of moisture leaks inside your basement around the floor, which can come in around the basement slab connection or through small cracks in your foundation walls. If the walls feel damp in your basement or you smell a musty odor, you may want to arrange for an interior moisture inspection. Your moisture professional can recommend measures to install to keep moisture from seeping into your basement from the outside soil. They can install an exterior French drain to collect water and prevent it from coming through your foundation walls. They may also recommend an exterior waterproof membrane installation, depending on the situation around your home's foundation.

For more information about basement waterproofing, contact a local business, like J.A. Kilby Enterprises Inc.

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